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  • Fallin' Upby Taboo; Steve Dennis

    Touchstone 2011; US$ 14.00

    Taboo, Grammy Award?winning performing artist and founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, shares the inspiring story of his rise from the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame. Few bands can ever hope to achieve the sort of global success that the record-breaking Black Eyed Peas have attained, selling more than 30 million... more...

  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang; D.J. Kool Herc

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 18.99

    Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic... more...

  • Empire State of Mindby Zack O'Malley Greenburg; Steve Forbes

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 25.95

    "I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the... more...

  • One Day It'll All Make Senseby Common; Adam Bradley

    Atria Books 2011; US$ 15.00

    Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable woman, his mother. Common holds nothing back in this gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. He tells what it was like for a boy with... more...

  • Def Jam, Inc.by Stacy Gueraseva; Brett Ratner

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 23.95

    In the early ?80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City?s urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music?s most lucrative genres. Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young... more...

  • The Tanning of Americaby Steve Stoute

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 26.00

    The business marketing genius at the forefront of today?s entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today?s new consumer?the tan generation. When Fortune 500 companies need to reenergize or reinvent a lagging brand, they call Steve Stoute. In addition to marrying cultural icons with blue-chip marketers, Stoute has helped... more...

  • Beastie Boysby Jonathan A. Zwickel

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 35.00

    No matter where they focused their energies, the Beastie Boys have defined success by their own standards. The New York City trio—Michael Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz—are a force of nature, still going strong after 20 years and 40 million records sold. more...

  • Bring the Noiseby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 14.57

    Writing on rock and hip-hop, and the creative tensions between the two, from the best-selling author of Rip It Up and Start Again. more...

  • How to Wreck a Nice Beachby Dave Tompkins

    Melville House 2011; US$ 22.95

    The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music. In How to Wreck a... more...

  • Bring the Noiseby Simon Reynolds

    Soft Skull Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop?s most provocative artistsóMorrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radioheadówith Reynolds?s own passionate analysis. With... more...